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The world's first Opera for iPad.

Available FREE for Download via iTunes

“Creating an Opera that you can interact with on an iPad, converting an art form that is traditionally passive to active, it's game changing.” - Champagne Valentine, Amsterdam.

EXILE is the world's first Opera for iPad. An interactive music video, it combines the exquisite drama of Helen Gifford’s chamber opera with the extraordinarily textured generative visuals of cult digital media artists Champagne Valentine.

The EXILE iPad app is a major co-production between Aphids and Chamber Made Opera and is the ultimate and dramatic combining of Greek tragedy, advanced digital media, new mobile technologies and contemporary music.

EXILE: App Design and Development


Champagne Valentine
Anita Fontaine
Geoff Lillemon
Programming - Andreas Müller

Artistic Director - Willoh S.Weiland
Executive Producer - Thea Baumann
Artistic Advisor - David Young
Artistic Associate - Rosemary Joy
Administration Assistant - Anna Van Veldhuisen

Chamber Made Opera

Artistic Director - David Young
General Manager - Joel Murray

EXILE: Recording

Recording produced by ABC Classic FM

EXILE: Live Studio Recording

EXILE was recorded in front of a live studio audience at the Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre on June 22nd.

The performance was a co-production between Aphids, Chamber Made Opera and Speak Percussion.

Composed by renowned Victorian composer Helen Gifford after the Euripedes story of Iphagenia in Taurus. EXILE, explores the psychological state of Iphigenia as she reflects on her time as a High Priestess of human sacrifices.

EXILE features acclaimed soprano Deborah Kayser with an ensemble of percussionists, clarinets, piccolo and mandolin, with pre-recorded mandolin-guitar and women’s chorus.

The recording was produced by and broadcast on ABC Classic FM on 20th November 2010 and the broadcast, with interviews with Helen Gifford (Composer) and David Young (Artistic Director of Chamber Made Opera) can be heard here.

EXILE Company

Helen Gifford, Composer
Richard Meredith, Librettist
Margaret Cameron, Director

Champagne Valentine, Digital Artists

Brett Kelly, Conductor
Deborah Kayser, Soprano
Chris Clark, Piccolo & Clay Flute
Nicole Canham, Clarinet
Aviva Endean, Clarinet
Karen Heath, Bass Clarinet
Ken Murray, Mandolin

Speak Percussion
Eugene Ughetti
Peter Neville
Matthias Schack-Arnott

Archival pre-recorded material (recorded by Peter Mummé in 1986/89):
Phillip Houghton, Mandolin-guitar
Chorus: Robert Gavin (Conductor),
Constance Calwell, Helen Hassell,
Irene McGinnigle, Yvonne Turner,
Gerri Savage, Aline Scott-Maxwell

ABC Classic FM
Stephen Adams, Executive Producer
Duncan Yardley, Music Producer
Gary Havrillay, Sound Engineer
Paul Penton, Sound Engineer
Patrick Kenny, Venue Management
Phil Brennan, Venue Management

EXILE is supported through Aphids by the City of Melbourne, Arts Victoria and private donations.

Image credit: Champagne Valentine

Download the EXILE App via iTunes HERE